Monday, June 20, 2016

She's Here - Welcome Home, Sliding Barn Door White Entertainment Unit!

That's right.  We have a new addition in our lives, that of which we affectionately and otherwise refer to as, Bertha.

Welcome home, Bertha!

Sliding Barn Door White Entertainment Center Unit - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Let me give you a little history on this lovely lady...

Sliding Barn Door White Entertainment Center Unit - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

About six months ago, Jon gave me the green light to order an entertainment center.  You guys, I'd been begging to get one fooooorever and it was finally time!  My mind was racing with ideas, especially after staring at the area and previous tv stand night after night while watching everything on Bravo PBS. ;)  As much as I wanted to order one from Pottery Barn or from somewhere off the internet, I just couldn't get a particular image out of my head.  

I drew up a quick sketch, thought about it some more and then drew up a couple more sketches.  By February I had finalized my sketch and had decided to take it to a woman named, Darci, who had just opened a "pop-up" shop in our downtown.  I had originally met her at a festival last September and  I remembered her saying that she worked with an Amish man who could build custom furniture for half the cost you'd pay elsewhere.

I was sold.

I eventually marched my booty into her store and nervously showed her my drawing.  My sketch wasn't the prettiest, but Darci could see it.  She saw my dream and she made it a reality.

Sliding Barn Door White Entertainment Center Unit - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Four months later, my small little sketch is now sitting in my living room, all thanks to an amazing woman named, Darci, the man who built it, Reuben, and his horse, Dory, who helped make the tools work.


All built by hand.  So cool.

Sliding Barn Door White Entertainment Center Unit - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Sliding Barn Door White Entertainment Center Unit - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

I'm loving this piece and I can't believe it's mine.  I can't believe it's in my home.  It adds so much character and warmth to the room.  I'm in love.  In looooove with this furniture.

Stay tuned for my summer home tour coming this week.  I'll show you how I've styled her...so far.  ;)

Sliding Barn Door White Entertainment Center Unit - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Thanks so much for stopping by, Bertha says, "thank you," as well.

***UPDATE:  I've been getting asked a lot about this piece and being the bad blogger and responder I am (so sorry), I thought I'd jump on this little corner of the internet and include a little bit of info about the hardware!  Here's a link to the hardware we used - click here.  Lots of sizes to choose from!

Talk to you soon, friends!

Marie :)

19 comments:

  1. MARIE!!!! She's a beaut!! I love every single thing about it! So fantastic to know that it's an original and that it's handmade. That will be an awesome piece to keep forever and ever and pass down through the generations.

    Oh, and I have missed you so very much. Please start blogging more very soon. ;o)

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    1. Thanks so much, girl! Yes, I love that I can pass this down and the great thing is - it came in four pieces, so I can I move it around someday, too!

      Yes. I promise to continue blogging more. Thanks, girl! :) :) :)

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  2. OMG I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!! Yes, that needed to be in all caps!! LOL! Seriously, this is GORGEOUS!!!!! So very jealous! :)

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    1. Hahahaha! Thanks, girl! It was a looooong time, coming - believe me! There was a reason I never blogged that area before, because YIKES! ;)

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  3. This is absolutely gorgeous! I have several pieces of Amish made furniture in my home. My daughter's entire bedroom set is Amish made from SugarCreek OH. I am choosing your post as my favorite from last week's Totally Terrific Tuesday party, so watch for it on my blog tomorrow! Please come back each week and party with us, I love having you!

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  4. OOPs, sorry if this is a duplicate but I am looking for a barn door entertainment center, can you please send me his contact info and how much it would cost, thank you!!! I love it!

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    1. Hi there, Alison! Thank you so much for commenting! This piece was purchased through a woman here in my town. As stated above, I designed this unit and I eventually found someone who knew someone to have it built for me. I only know the name of the man who built it as she kept this information private since she worked with him directly - I've never met him and like I said, she and I collaborated and we had a third party do the building. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a store, but I can tell you that he used pine, which gave it more of a rustic look and feel that I craved. It was cheaper that way, as well. I really wish I could help you out more. You're welcome to use the dimensions and design provided. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask! Thanks again for stopping by my blog. Have a great day and please stop by again soon! :)

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  5. Thanks for getting back to me! I think I found one! Yay!

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  6. Can I ask.... how big of a TV does it hold?

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    1. Hi, Abby! Thanks for stopping by this little blog of mine! I designed this piece to hold a 60 inch tv. Thanks!

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  8. I found your post through Pinterest and just love this entertainment unit! Where can I order one?

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